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Young Ellington

In The Wall Street Journal, Nat Hentoff reminisces about his relationship with Duke Ellington. The occasion is the release of a massive Mosaic CD box set of early Ellington recordings remastered by Steven Lasker. The column is packed with anecdotes, including this one from the early 1940s, when Hentoff was a young broadcaster in Boston: Off the air, he once told me: "I don't want listeners to analyze my music. I want them open to it as a whole." And I was there when he played dances, just to … [Read more...]